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How to Paint Modern Gouache Florals on Your iPad in Procreate + 7 FREE Brushes

Liz Kohler Brown, artist | designer | teacher | author

How to Paint Modern Gouache Florals on Your iPad in Procreate + 7 FREE Brushes

Liz Kohler Brown, artist | designer | teacher | author

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7 Lessons (60m)
    • 1. How to Paint Modern Gouache Florals on Your iPad + 7 FREE Brushes

      2:27
    • 2. Downloads Password + Using the Brushes

      9:33
    • 3. Practice Sheets

      9:58
    • 4. Designing a Bouquet

      9:11
    • 5. Adding Contrast

      11:40
    • 6. Scattered Florals Part 1

      7:50
    • 7. Scattered Florals Part 2

      9:08
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I want to show you how to paint modern gouache florals on your iPad.  I’ll show you every step of my process from planning a composition to painting realistic gouache florals.

I designed 7 gouache brushes for Procreate that I want to share with you as a free download when you take this class.  The brushes include both dry and wet versions of opaque and transparent gouache.

I’ll show you:

  • how to use the brushes with a layering process to create a realistic gouache effect
  • some leaf and flower shapes that you can use to practice your painting.  I created four practice sheets with 12 different leaves and flowers that you can copy or use as inspiration to start painting your own floral style.
  • how to create a floral bouquet using various flowers and leaves. 
  • how I plan out my bouquet paintings, and give you some tips and tricks for creating contrast and balance.
  • how to create a bold modern floral menagerie.  We’ll use a layering technique to create a colorful piece of artwork that you could use as an art print, the front of a greeting card, or a digital download.

All you need to take this class is your iPad and a stylus.  I’ll be using the Apple Pencil, but you could use any stylus, or even your finger.

You can get the free brushes and practice sheets here.  (the password is shown at the beginning of the class.

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1. How to Paint Modern Gouache Florals on Your iPad + 7 FREE Brushes: Hi everyone. I'm Liz. I'm an artist, illustrator, and teacher. Today, I want to show you how to paint modern gouache florals on your iPad. I'll show you every step of my process, from planning a composition to painting realistic gouache florals. I designed seven gouache brushes for Procreate that I want to share with you as a free download when you take this class. The brushes include both dry and wet versions of opaque and transparent gouache. I'll show you how to use the brushes with a layering process to create a realistic gouache effect. Next, I'll show you some leaf and flower shapes that you can use to practice your painting. I created four practice sheets with 12 different leaves and flowers that you can copy or use as inspiration to start painting your own floral style. Next, we'll create a floral bouquet using various flowers and leaves. I'll show you how I plan out my bouquet paintings and give you some tips and tricks for creating contrast and balance. Next, we'll pull together all of the techniques we learned and create a bold modern floral menagerie. We use a layering technique to create a colorful piece of artwork that you could use as an art print, the front of a greeting card, or a digital download. All you need to take this class is your iPad and a stylus. I'll be using the Apple Pencil, but you could use any stylus or even your finger. Let's get started. 2. Downloads Password + Using the Brushes: You can find all of the materials that I mentioned in this class in the about section of the class page, and here is the password that you'll need to access that page. The first thing we need to do, is import the gouache brushes into procreate. You'll see the link to download these brushes on the about section of this class. Note that if you're on the app, you won't see the about section, so you do have to open this in a browser, either on your iPad or your computer. You could use Chrome or Safari. Once you click that link, it will open this web-page. If you scroll down on the page, you'll see the full list of brushes here. Each brush, beside it will have a little Download button, and you click that Download button, it will open this Download page, and then you'll see some options for this brush. You should see open in procreate. If you don't see that, just click more, and then you can scroll over to find the procreate app on that list. Once you click open and procreate, it'll automatically open the app, and then this brush is going to show up at the very bottom in your imported brushes section. You can see the brush there. If you want to create a new set, I like to make a gouache set, so I have all my brushes handy. You can click new set, type a title for the set, click "Enter", then drag each brush into your new set. You can see I have all seven brushes here. Then I also have the Narinder pencil. I'll be using that a little bit today and I just pulled that from the sketching section of procreate. Let's go ahead and play around with these brushes. The first brush is large and streaky, and this is a semi dry brush. You're going to see the brush strokes in this one. I'm just going to choose a somewhat light color and put the brush to its largest size because I like to use this brush to create backgrounds. Sometimes I feel like the white paper is just a little bit too bright, so I like to tone it down with a light color. That's the first brush. The second brush is another semi dry brush. Let's get a different color. You can really see all the brush strokes with this one, and it's somewhat transparent. If you use this brush and do two layers, you can get a nice dark streaky look. Then if you do three layers, you can almost get an opaque look. That's a nice brush to use when you really want to see the brush strokes. The next brush is a streaky wet gouache. This would be like a gouache if you added a little bit more water to your palette. You can see it's just a little bit smoother than the last one and it also becomes opaque with only two layers. If we did three layers for this one, it's almost a 100 percent opaque. The next one is a wet wash. This is like a gouache, if you had a lot of water on your brush. This one can be really nice with one layer, it's just a really soft brush look. Then if you want to get an opaque look or do some layering, that one can have a really nice effect. The next one is an opaque dry brush. You can really see the brush strokes with this one, and the interior of this brush is going to be totally opaque. You can't see a big difference between 1,2, and 3 layers, but it does make a really nice brush effect on the outside. When you want to show some dark strokes with some brush marks, that's a great brush to use. The next one is an opaque breaststroke. I'm going to put this on the largest size. When you use this one you can really see where the brush was pulled down. I like this brush when I want to really show the brush stroke, whereas, the other opaque brush on it's very largest size is really smooth. You can't see the brush strokes at all on the top or bottom. So you can create nice solid shapes with this one, whereas with the others, you're really going to see some brush strokes on the outside. One nice thing about these brushes, is that you can do some really nice layering effects, so I'm going to grab a different color and turn this page sideways. Let's get the semi dry gouache brush. You can see this brush layered on itself with two different colors, creates a really nice layering effect. Same thing for the streaky wet gouache. Same idea but slightly smoother and less brushstrokes. The wet gouache makes a really nice transparent layered effect, whereas with this one, the color on top will totally cover the one on bottom, but you can see it peeking through on the brush strokes. Then when you get into the opaque brushes, it just totally covers up the previous brush. You can imagine there's a lot of combinations that you could do here. We could use the semi dry gouache brush on all the other brushes and see what kind of effect we can get there. These semi dry brushes can be really nice over the opaque brushes because you can get a nice brushed effect on an opaque solid shape. Same thing with the streaky wet. You can get some really nice smooth effects over some dry brushing or over the opaque brushes. You can see it's good to take some time and play around with these, just so you understand the properties of each brush. I would recommend just doing a page like this where you're not even painting anything, you're just playing around with the brushes. Now that we've laid down a lot of paint, another thing you may want to do is some blending or erasing. If you click the blending tool up here, all of the same brushes are going to look great as a blending tool. Let's say, for example, we go down to these two opaque colors here with the wet wash blending, and I'm going to emerge all my color layers together by pinching them. I can create a nice blended effect on the edge of these opaque colors. We could do that on a brush stroke. If you end up not liking how prominent the brushstrokes are, you can do that with two colors that you want to bring together or you can do it to just clean up a solid line. Let's say you just don't like how harsh that line is, you could grab the dry gouache brush and just pull down the edge and it will really soften up the edge. So when you have some hard edge that you don't like, it's really easy to clean it up with this blending tool. You can also pull colors into each other. If you just pull down here, you can see it's really easy to pull one color into another. 3. Practice Sheets: Next let's take a look at the practice sheets. If you feel like you need a little practice with painting before you start making a final piece, I really recommend this if you feel any hesitation with getting started, just go ahead and play around with these practice sheets or do a practice sheet of your own and don't feel like you have to make a final piece with your first try, just play around with it for a while. With these practice sheets, I've added in some flowers or leaves that you can mimic. For example, with this one, I've got one solid leaf and one multi-colored leaf. If we go over here and I'm going to choose a different color but you can use the same color I used and if you want to do that, just click and hold and then you've got that same color that I used. I'm going to use a pink for this one and I'm going to grab my opaque smooth brush on medium size and I'm just going to drag down and then loop each of these leaves and I'm not trying to make this perfect. This modern floral style is really loose so don't worry so much about perfect proportions or perfect balance. Just play around and let the looseness of your painting show up in the painting itself. Now that I have that solid shape, what I could do is color over that solid shapes. Let's say I want to add a little bit of brush stroke but I want to keep it within the solid shape. If I swipe to the right on that layer, it's going to put it into a state called Alpha Lock. That means I can only paint on this pink area. You can see if I got a different color and try to paint, it would only paint on the leaves. It wouldn't let me paint onto the background. This is a great tool for adding in some brush strokes. I'm going to grab the semi-dry gouache and I'm going to get a color that's slightly lighter than the color I already use. I'm just going to go over on the color wheel a little bit and let's make this a little bit smaller and you can see I can add in some light brushstrokes here. Let's get a slightly more wet look. You can add in small individual strokes like this, or you could add in big strokes like this. Let's say you don't want to go quite so dark or quite so light, we can get a darker color and then you can add just a little bit of brushstroke so that it looks like a painting on paper but it's not really prominent. You can see the two options here. We've got a really light color and then just a mild pink color here that's showing the brush stroke. Let's do this multicolored leaf over here. I'm going to start with this base color and I'm going to grab the dry brush for this one and let's just start with a sweeping shape here and then for each leaf I create, I'll choose a different paint color. I'm just going to play around with the color wheel here and grab a different color with each leaf. This is great if you really want to get a dry effect and again, we can swipe right to get our layer in Alpha Lock and then we could get a solid green color and come in with the dry brush just to fill in some of those areas that didn't get covered here and add a little bit more variation. I might color like the tip of one and the interior of another. That'll add some nice variation. We can also grab another color and do the same thing. You can see there's a lot of room to play around with this process. I've added a few different types of leaves and flowers to these practice sheet, so I won't paint each of these but feel free to play around and just make these your own. Use your own colors, use your own style, these are just some ideas to get you started. Let's take a look at the other sheet here. Something like this is when you can really make use of your stylus. If you have an Apple pencil, you can really use the pressure of your brush. I'm pressing hard and then light, hard and then light. But if you don't have an Apple pencil you can easily create this effect, just draw your circle and then come back in and fill it in with another layer. You don't have to have the Apple pencil to create the same effect. For our next sheet, I have some layered flowers. You can see these have a lot of different layers to them, so let's go ahead and do one of these together just so you can get a feel for the layering idea. With this one, if you look at this piece, you can see that the red had to be painted first because the black is on top of it. Then the gold was painted, then some texture on top of the red and then the black. You can do it that way or you can just paint in layers. Let's do our black layer first. I'm just going to draw my stem and my leaf, then I'm going to go to a new layer and get that red color and for these big flowers, I like to start with a heart shape. It makes it easier to make that wide top and then just create some texture or bumps here at the top. Now I can go back to my black layer and get black and just paint. I'm going to move my black layer on top of my red layer and then I can just paint little, let's get a smaller brush for that. Little loops here. Then I can create a layer that's in-between my red layer and my black layer and let's get a gold color here and I'm going to create some simple lines just to show the shape of the flower and then I think I'm also going to go on that leaf and do some decorating with that same color. Now I'll do the other flower in the same way. Once I have those base shapes, I can go on to my red layer, swipe right to Alpha Lock it and grab a color that I want to use to highlight some brushstrokes. I'm going to grab a lighter red, almost pink and come in with my dry gouache brush and just add a little bit of highlights just so when you zoom out you can really see the brushstrokes. That's one option. There are a lot of different flowers that you can create and you can use this sheet to help give you ideas for what kind of flowers to make. 4. Designing a Bouquet: Let's start with a simple bouquet. I'm going to create a new document here, create custom size. I like to use 9 by 11 inches, but you could use any size depending on what your final use is, and click create. I like to start out by coloring my background. I'm going to grab a lighter pink color here with my dry large brush and discover the background. Next, I like to sketch out how my bouquet will be laid out. I'm going to grab my narinder pencil with black. I'm making sure I'm on a new layer. I'm going to do everything off of this central stem. I've got one flower that's high up here. The next one, I want to be a little bit lower over on the left. I'm just trying to keep in mind the balance of these. I think I'm going to have three flowers over on this side and then two flowers over on this side. Then I want to have some ferns that are just filling up these centerpieces. I've got three on this side and two on the side. I'm also going to add some leaves coming off the stem of each of these flowers. Some of them, I'll add too. I'm always trying to keep in mind balance. I don't want to have everything even and everything exactly the same. I'm trying to do something a little different on each one. Let's have some leaves that are just coming off of the side of these flowers. We'll start with that. We may make some changes later, but I'm going to go ahead and make this a little bit smaller. I'm just using the Move tool and put this in the very center of my canvas. This sketching process is just a way to help me stay organized. For the next layer, I'm going to go ahead and start creating my flowers. I'm going to grab a pure white here on a new layer. I'll use my opaque dry quash brush. I like to just come in the side with these swoops to really show the shape of the flower. Then we've got that nice brushstroke look on the side. Next, I'm going to come in with a lighter pink for the next layer of my flower, and I'm on a new layer, and just do a little bit of work there in the very center. That's the inner petals. I'm going to do another layer with a yellow, that'll be the interior of my flower, and then one more layer with the same white, that's on the back, and just add in some front petals. I also like to add in a little bit of gray on the front of the flower. I think that helps show the difference between the front and back, almost a white but just a little yellow or a little gray in the paint. Then I'm letting that come around the edge of the flower to create that extra layer of depth. Next, I want to have some little sprigs coming out of the center of the flower. I'm going to put that layer above my yellow layer. Let's grab the opaque smooth gouache brush, and I'll just have some little sprigs coming out the middle. I'm just going to add a little bit more gray on the front here to add a little more depth. Then I'll zoom out and make sure that looks good. If I'm happy with that flower, I can go ahead and do the same process with all of my other flowers. Before I do anything, I'm going to merge all of those flower layers together. I've got seven layers for this flower, and I'm just going to merge them all together. That's going to make it easier if I want to move this flower around later. All of its layers are in one place. Now, I'll go ahead and paint the rest of these flowers. Now, I have all of my flowers finished. I'm going to go ahead and make sure that last flower's merged onto one layer. Each flower is on its own layer. Now, on a new layer, I'm going to grab black and my opaque smooth gouache brush and fill in my stems. Now, I'll go ahead and fill in these leaves. Again, I'm not trying to make these perfectly symmetrical. I'm trying to just have a loose leaf shape. With the abstract look of this piece, any kind of leaf you draw here is going to look okay. Now, I want to add something to these leaves, but I want it to be in front of the flower. You'll notice here, if I draw a leaf, this leaf is showing up underneath my flower because this layer is under all my flowers. Now, I want to add to this black, but I want it to be above the flowers, so I'm just going to create a new layer and do a little bit of the black on top of the flowers. I'm just going to add these little sprigs connecting the stem of the flower to the flower itself. One thing you can do to easily add color to a space is drag over from the color circle. This only works with solid shapes, so you have to be sure you totally fill in your color before you do that. That one may not have been totally filled in, but that's good especially if you have a larger space to cover. You can really easily cover that in a short time. I also want to add a little bit of interest to these leaves. They're a little bit flat right now. I like to take this bronze-gold color with the opaque gouache brush on a small setting and just come through just like you did some little fine brush strokes on each leaf with a nice gold paint. 5. Adding Contrast: Next I want to add some contrast to this piece. I'm going to pick a color that's very different from the colors I've been using so far and I'm going to make sure I'm on a new layer. I always like to test the color out on the piece before I put it in, so I'm just going to add a few circles of it just to make sure the color looks nice. I think I want to go just a little bit brighter with this. That looks good. Now I'm going to come in and with my opaque smooth gouache brush, just add in some little sprigs and I think I'll let these be below everything. They're just going to be peeking out the back of this bouquet. Now that I have the framework for those setup, I'm going to go ahead and remove my sketch so I can really see what I'm doing and I'm going to grab a slightly lighter color to do this. Just come through and add some little sprigs to each side and I'm also going to do this on a layer below the veins of this piece. You can see when I start drawing these, that way you can still see the veins and I'll go ahead and fill all of these in. That in itself is a nice face. I don't even have to add anything to this. I think I'm going to but it would be totally optional. You could stop here if you like how it looks. One thing I do want to add is a little bit of yellow in the background. I feel like it would help my pieces stand out a little bit more, so I'm going to grab my large streaky brush with the bright yellow and just come behind this piece and add a nice little painted square for those to live in. I also want to add some brushstrokes to this piece. I feel like it's a little bit flat, so I'm going to drag to the right to alpha lock that, get that color and then choose a slightly lighter color to come in. Let's do the semi dry brush and I'm just going to come through and add some brushstrokes to random areas. I'm not trying to do this uniformly. I'm really just sweeping around, adding a little bit of color in random places. You can even get your brush smaller and do some more concentrated areas so that you have some petals that are almost totally white and others that are your original turquoise color. Let's do that same thing with a darker color. I'm going to go into a few individual petals and just darken them up a little bit. I like the look of that better. That's a little bit more hand painted looking. I want to add in some more high contrast and I think I want to use a bold blue color. Let's see how that looks. I'm going to get a new layer. I think I want to go a little bit darker, that looks good. I want to add in just a few little leaf shapes here to fill out this bouquet and I want to test it out first. I'm actually going to draw it because I'm on a new layer, I can draw it over here and add it to my leaf later. Now that I have that leave, I'm going to turn it and just play around with it in my bouquet and try to figure out where I'd like to have it. I think I want it to be under my other pieces and I want it to peek out from the stems of the original vein. That's a good one. You can also just duplicate that, flip it, resize it a little bit and move it down here so you don't have to do original paintings for every single piece. Once you get into just filling in your leaf like this, you can really play around with changing it up. I think I'm going to draw one more in. Those are looking a little bit too similar, so I'm just going to draw this one over on this side and then add it into the bouquet later. I like that. That's a little bit more variation. I want to add in one last flower and I think I want it to be red. I'm going to get a new layer, bring in some red and I think that color would look really nice here. First I'm just going to come in and play around with some shapes. I think that would be a nice shape but we could also do one of those little heart flowers or we could also do a dry gouache flower. When I get to this point, I like to make a few options and then step back and decide what looks best with the piece right now. I already have a flower that's like that so I don't want to use that. I just don't like this shape with this composition so I think I'm going to go with that one. I'm just going to go around and add in some of these flowers where I think I need a little bit of color. That looks good so I'll go ahead and add another layer for my black stems. I'm going to add a little bit of gold to these flowers and I'm going to do that between the stem layer and the flower layer. Let's do that with the opaque dry brush just like we did on the leaves. I would probably spend some time playing around with this, adding more variation, maybe adding a little bit of brushstrokes to the blue leaves there but let's go ahead and call this piece done so we can go to the next step. What I do want to do is go back to my gallery, click "Select" and select that piece we just made and click "Duplicate." Then I want to go into that new duplicated document and merge all the layers together. I'm doing this because I'm not ready to commit to merging the layers on my original piece. I may want to go back and change some things with that but for this piece, I want to go ahead and play around with some of the colors. You could play around with the background layer first, so maybe you would like this with more of a green or pink. You can play around with that color, you can also play around with the second square. I think what I'm going to do is just bump up the saturation of both the background layers. Then I've got all my flowers on a single layer. I can play around with the color on those, so there's a nice green and pink version. If you like that, go ahead and swipe left, duplicate it and then make it invisible and now you can play around with more color options. We could get five or six color options out of this single piece. It really just depends on what your personal color preferences are. This is a great way to play around with all of that. You can do that here in this way by merging all the layers together or you can go back to your original document and just play around with each layer. I've got all my blue leaves on one layer. I can play around with the color of just those leaves. If there's something you don't like about your bouquet, you can spend a lot of time here to just play around with colors, play around with placement. I can even move these around. Let's say I realize now I think that middle blue piece is way too big. I'm going to go to that layer where we have the middle blue piece, get my selection tool with free hand selected and then circle around that blue piece and now I can play around with it. I can make it smaller, I can turn it. If there's little things that need to be tweaked you can easily do that with this process but let's go ahead and call this piece finished. 6. Scattered Florals Part 1: For the next piece, we're going to do some scattered flowers and plants. Rather than following a central stem, this one's going to be more organic and floating. This one's a little bit more tricky because you do have to pay a little bit more attention to the placement and the direction of each piece. But we'll go through the whole process here. I'm starting with the same shape and size, 9 by 11 inches and I've got a new layer. I'm going to start with a light blue color here with my large streaky brush and just cover the whole back. Next, I want to add in some layered flowers. For this one, I'm going to use the opaque dry gouache again. My first flower, I want it to be facing up and left. Let's start with a sketch here. I'm going to do one flower, the center is here, another flower over here and the center is here, and then one here that's facing up. This one's facing this way, this way, and this way. I'm really thinking a lot about the direction of each flower before I start working. I'm going to add some little leaves poking out along each edge. Then, I'll probably start coming out with some leaf pieces on each side. If I've got three flowers, I might do four leaves or ferns sticking out of each flower. Let's go ahead and start painting these. I've got my light pink and I'm going to come in and do five leaves with the opaque dry brush. Let's make this a large size. I'm going to do one petal here facing up, one petal here to the side, another one here to the side, one facing down and another facing down. When you look at this, you can really see where the five petals are. My next layer is going to be below that layer. I'm going to take a brighter pink and just come under this piece and get a layering effect. I'm not going on the top, I'm just going on the bottom, so it's as if we're seeing the side of the flower. I'm trying to mimic the shape of my original petals. Then, my next layer is going to be under both of those, and that one's just going to have some tiny little petals peeking out. That's good. Go ahead and do that for all three layers. Now that I have those basic flower shapes masked out, I want to add in a little bit of brush stroke on that top layer. I'm going to swipe right on that layer to alpha lock it. I'm going to get a pure white and I'm going to grab my streaky semi-dry gouache brush on a somewhat large size. I'm just doing some directional brush strokes, so that you can really see what the shape of this petal is. These strokes are nice because they can add some depth to your painting. You don't want it to be totally even, it's better to have more of a uneven look. Some really light areas and then some areas that you don't even cover. I'm going to go ahead and do that on all three flowers. I like the look of that. I'm going to go ahead and add a center to these flowers with black. I'm just going to use my brushstroke opaque brush. I'm just creating a loose center shape and I'm letting that brush edge really show, so not trying to make this smooth, I'm really leaving it just a rough center. I'm happy with those for now. I'm going to go ahead and start painting my leaves and I'm going to do that below my layer of the flowers. I'm going to grab for these leaves a peach color. I'm going to get my opaque smooth brush. Now, I'm going to create a new layer and get the opaque brushstroke gouache and just add in some veins here. I'm doing this on a new layer. I'm not crazy about the color on those leaves. I'm going to swipe right to alpha lock. I'm going to choose a new color that I think I'll like better. Click that layer and click "Fill Layer". Oops, I didn't choose the right color. Right here. Let's do that blue. Click the layer and click "Fill Layer". That's one good way to play around with some different color options. Let's start with that for now and we may change it later. I'm going to go ahead and start doing some leaves in the background. I'm just going to grab a bright yellow and see if that's a color that's going to work. This is going to be a really bold bouquet, so I'm happy with that bright yellow. These are just going to come out of the sides of the flower. I think I'm going to grab my opaque smooth brush for this on a somewhat small size. I'm happy with those, so I'm going to go ahead and draw some leaves on each of these vines. 7. Scattered Florals Part 2: I'm going go ahead, and remove my sketch layer, and I think I'm ready to add in some darker colors here. So I'm going to grab black, and I'm just going to do some little branches, and I think I'll have one little one up here, and you can see everything I add in is just coming out of a flower that already exists, so it doesn't have to come from a central place. It can just come from anywhere in the composition, and then I'm just going to add some little twigs coming off the side here, and then some little dots to go on top. These are just like little abstract twigs, and I've just chosen to do these in black to add a little bit of contrast to my bouquet. This one on the left ended up being a little bigger than I wanted it to be that's no problem. Just get your Selection tool with free hand select it, and then we're going to use the Move tool to just make this a little bit smaller, and just have it peeking out in a nice place. I just didn't want it to demand so much attention in this bouquet, so that looks better. I think I'm also going to do the same thing with this one that one got a little bit larger as well that looks good. Let's go ahead, and add in a little bit more foliage in the background. I'm going to get a brighter turquoise color, and just do some light ferns peeking out in the background. I'm also going to add a darker square on the background just like we did on the last piece. I think it really can help the foliage elements pop when you have a nice dark background for them to lay on. I'm just going to add this in, and I think I'm probably going to make the whole bouquet overall smaller, just so it fits on the canvas a little better but I'm going wait to do that until I get all my pieces ready, and then I can merge all the layers together. The only problem that caused is it made my leaves kind of hidden, so let's choose a different color for those leaves. I think I like that peach color, and I want to add one more color to this I think it needs a little bit of red, and so on a new layer let's put this under our flowers. Actually let's go with the opaque brushstroke, and I think I'm going to add this color of red I think that'll be a nice feature for the piece. I'm going to add some really simple flowers these are just going to be little cups, and I'm letting that rough edge really stand out. Some of these will come from the top, and some of them let them come out of the bottom. I think four is enough for now I may add more later, and I'm going to let the stems on this one be black, so it works well with my black branches, and let's let this whole thing go below our other pieces, so that they're just peeking out. Then I want to add a little bit of contrast to those flowers, so I'll grab a lighter color with my semi dry gouache, and I'm going to Alpha Lock that layer, and then just add a little bit of color, letting it be focused in one central area so the brush stroke is really apparent. I think another thing I want to do is add some gold to these black branches. They look a little bit dull as they are, so I'm going to get my gold brush with my opaque dry on a somewhat small size, and I want to Alpha Lock that branch layer, and I'm going to come in, and I think just on one side of each little bulb I'm going to add a little bit of gold, so they stand out more. I'm also going to add a little bit of gold to my new roses that I added to this one little line on each pedal. I think little things like this can really make the difference between just a bold flat piece, and a piece that really looks hand-painted, and hand-drawn. Just adding in these little brush strokes I think helps a lot. The yellow pieces are looking a little flat as well, so I'm going to alpha lock those, and come in with some lighter, and darker yellows, and just add some variation to these leaves. I'm happy with that. The only thing I want to change is I think the whole thing needs to be smaller, so rather than changing that document, I'm going to select it, and duplicate it, so that I have two pieces to work from one has my original layers, so I don't lose those original layers, and the other I'm just going go ahead, and merge all of my plant elements together, so that the only thing that separate is my two background layers. Now I can make that whole piece, and I want to choose" Magnetic" rather than " Freeform" to get my proportions right now I can make that whole piece a little smaller, so it fits a little bit better on the actual paper. I can also go through, and change the color at this point this is a great time to start looking at some other color options. But you may like your original colors that you chose, so I'm happy with these colors, so I'm going go ahead, and call this piece finished. I hope you this class, and that you feel inspired to start painting your own modern gouache floral. If you liked this class you may like some of my other classes where I cover a lot more ways to draw, and paint on your iPad, and how to paint realistic watercolors using the free downloadable brushes I created. Check those out on my Skillshare profile if you want to see more classes like this one. Also I share a lot of free downloads on my site, so if you want to get more downloads like the ones you got for this class check out my website. I would love to see the modern floral piece that you create you could share a finished piece, or you could share just some of your floral elements. You can do that here on Skillshare, or you could tag me on Instagram, or Facebook. If you have any questions about this class please feel free to reach out to me you can reply to my discussion here on this class, or you can contact me through my website. Thanks so much for watching, and I hope I see you again next time. Bye bye.